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Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need some postsecondary education and also learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.Education
Employers generally require bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to have some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting. However, some candidates can be hired with just a high school diploma.Training
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks usually get on-the-job training. Under the guidance of a supervisor or another experienced employee, new clerks learn how to do their tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping. In double-entry bookkeeping, each transaction is entered twice, once as a debit (cost) and once as a credit (income), to ensure that all accounts are balanced.
Some formal classroom training also may be necessary, such as training in specialized computer software. This on-the-job training typically takes around 6 months.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks become certified. For those who do not have postsecondary education, certification is a particularly useful way to gain expertise in the field. The Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, shows that those who have earned it have the skills and knowledge needed to carry out all bookkeeping tasks, including overseeing payroll and balancing accounts, according to accepted accounting procedures.
For certification, candidates must have at least 2 years of full-time bookkeeping experience or equivalent part-time work, pass a four-part exam, and adhere to a code of ethics.
The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers also offers certification. The Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Examination is an online test with 50 multiple-choice questions. Test takers must answer 75 percent of the questions correctly to pass the exam.Advancement
With appropriate experience and education, some bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks may become accountants or auditors.Important Qualities
Computer skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need to be comfortable using computer spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.
Detail oriented. These clerks are responsible for producing accurate financial records. They must pay attention to detail in order to avoid making errors and recognize errors that others have made.
Integrity. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks have control of an organization’s financial documentation, which they must use properly and keep confidential. It is vital that they keep records transparent and guard against misappropriating an organization’s funds.
Math skills. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks deal with numbers daily and should be comfortable with basic arithmetic.
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Hispanic or Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix18.8%
Pennsylvania State University7.0%
Ohio University -5.3%
Southern New Hampshire University5.1%
Michigan State University4.2%
George Mason University3.9%
University of Texas at Austin3.7%
University of Memphis3.7%
University of Southern California3.4%
New York University3.1%
San Francisco State University3.1%
Georgia State University3.1%
American InterContinental University3.1%
University of Florida3.1%
Grand Valley State University3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Digital Brand Account Associate||Corporation Service Company||New York, NY||Mar 18, 2016||$116,688|
|SR. Accounts Associate||Ports 1961 USA Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 26, 2015||$95,000|
|Swiftre Account Associate (Marketing Analyst)||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2015||$91,000|
|Swiftre Account Associate (Marketing Analyst)||Swiss Re America Holding Corporation||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$91,000 -
|Senior Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco)||Newport Beach, CA||Sep 12, 2012||$90,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2014||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco)||New York, NY||Mar 22, 2010||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco)||Newport Beach, CA||Mar 01, 2010||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Emarsys North America, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 07, 2015||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||New York, NY||Nov 15, 2014||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$85,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Jun 02, 2014||$80,000|
|Global Account Associate||Moody's Analytics, Inc.||New York, NY||May 09, 2011||$65,000|
|Account Associate||Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco)||Newport Beach, CA||Oct 14, 2009||$62,000|
|Account Associate||Orange Business Services U.S., Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 02, 2014||$60,000|
|Account Associate, OPG Sales||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Apr 18, 2011||$60,000|
|Institutional Account Associate||American Century Investment Services Inc.||Kansas City, MO||Sep 13, 2016||$58,195|
|Accounts Associate||Object Design and Communications, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Sep 27, 2016||$58,000|
|Account Associate||Dataxu Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$57,500|
|Account Associate||Isoftstone, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Sep 13, 2013||$52,832|
|Account Associate||Analytix Business Solutions, LLC||Woburn, MA||Sep 24, 2012||$50,731|
|Marketing & Account Associate||We Are Listen LLC||New York, NY||Jan 21, 2015||$50,000|
|Account Associate||Grayling Connecting Point, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jun 01, 2012||$50,000 -
|Associate Account||CBIZ Southern California LLC||Oxnard, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$47,923|
|Strategic Publisher, Marketing Account Associate||Taboola Inc.||New York, NY||May 02, 2016||$47,000|
|Associate Account||CBIZ Southern California LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 14, 2014||$46,696 -
|Account Associate||J. Walter Thompson USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 03, 2011||$45,000|
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